A few episodes back we talked in regards to the Nokia 8800 Aston Martin Edition. But do you know that there was additionally a Lamborghini version? Time for one more take a look at car-branded telephones.
Nokia 8800 Sirocco Lamborghini Edition
While the Ferrari model was primarily based on the unique 8800, the model for rival Italian supercar maker Lamborghini was crafted out of the followup, the Nokia 8800 Sirocco. Sirocco is the title of a Mediterranean wind that may attain hurricane ranges, although this was only a coincidence – the Lamborghini Huracan would not be unveiled for just a few extra years.
Anyway, the Finns went slightly additional than simply slapping a badge on the telephone – Lamborghini-made ball bearings have been used within the telephone’s attribute sliding mechanism. They additionally etched the well-known raging bull on the entrance and extra branding on the again.
Only 500 examples of the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Lamborghini version have been produced they usually have been out there solely via Lamborghini dealerships.
Lamborghini Spyder telephones and pill
Six years later, Lamborghini determined to get extra immediately concerned with making telephones and designed three Spyder phones for the Russian market and a pill too (“Spyder” is a typical title for sporty two-seater open-high vehicles).
The Lamborghini TL700 was an Android smartphone (working an outdated 2.3 Gingerbread). It had a 4.7″ 480 x 800 px display, a 5MP digicam, an unknown Snapdragon chipset with 4GB of storage and a 1,400mAh battery.
Lamborghini TL700 Spyder smartphone (image credit)
The metallic chassis of the telephone was gold plated, the show was guarded by sapphire glass (fairly a novelty for 2012) and the again was draped in crocodile leather-based. The price ticket was set at RUB90,000 ($2,783 on the time) – dear, however not outrageous by Vertu requirements.
The TL688 Spyder and TL820 Spyder 2 have been a pair of comparable featurephones. The former had a 2″ QVGA show and a 3MP digicam, the latter upgraded to a 2.4 VGA display and 5MP digicam.
Lamborghini TL688 Spyder and TL820 Spyder 2 (image credit)
Both fashions had gold-plated our bodies and hand-made leather-based backs, identical to their smartphone sibling. These two have been solely barely cheaper at RUB60,000 and RUB80,000, respectively. With luxurious telephones the outside determines the fee, not what’s on the within.
There was a pill too, the L2800. It additionally ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a promise to replace it to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Android UI could not actually deal with tablets till 3.0 Honeycomb). The slate had an iPad-like 9.7″ 1,024 x 768px display, a Qualcomm chipset with 1.2 GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
Lamborghini L2800 pill (image credit)
Did the Lamborghini styling make it value RUB75,000 ($2,286)? That was for wealthy Russian followers to determine.
Acer Liquid Ferrari Special Editions
A few years prior Acer and Ferrari teamed up for a particular version of the Acer Liquid E. The Android 2.1 Eclair smartphone dressed up for the event in shiny pink, after all. On the again was the Scuderia Ferrari defend made out of carbon fiber.
Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition
The retail bundle contained just a few perks as nicely – a mud and shock-resistant carrying case for the telephone, plus a Bluetooth headset with noise cancellation, each Ferrari-branded, after all.
The two firms preferred the tip end result nicely sufficient to provide a sequel. The Acer Liquid mini E310 confirmed up in Ferrari trim in 2011. It was an odd selection – with a 600 MHz single-core processor, 3.2″ 320 x 480 px display and lonely 5 MP digicam, this telephone was far-off from racing luxurious as it may well get.
Acer Liquid mini E310 Ferrari Special Edition
Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT
Of course, should you wanted a telephone and had Ferrari cash in 2011, the Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT was extra your velocity. The telephone inside was really much more fundamental than the Liquid mini, but it surely’s on the surface what counts – so far as luxurious telephones go, anyway.
Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT
And what was on the surface was solid aluminum with a matte black PVD end and black and pink hand-sewn ornaments (created from the identical leather-based that Ferrari makes use of for the inside of its vehicles). The again featured a ceramic battery cowl with a design impressed by the Ferrari engine grill.
This wasn’t the primary collaboration between the 2 firms. The Vertu Ascent Ti Ferrari got here in Giallo and Rosso variations. The leather-based on the again regarded hand-sewn, however to our shock we discovered that the colour accents on the aspect have been really made out of rubber. And not any particular sort of rubber, so far as we may inform.
Every child has heard of Ferrari and Lamborghini, however what number of have heard of Spyker Cars? The Dutch sports activities car maker lent its brand to no less than three telephones – the Aeroblade, the C8 Laviolette and Aileron.
Spyker C8 Laviolette (up left) and a few others (image credit)
Interestingly, all three fashions appear to have been named after the Spyper C8. The Laviolette was primarily based on the unique Spyder model, however changed the retractable delicate high with a hard and fast glass roof. As for the telephones themselves, we could not discover a lot, sadly, as they’ve been buried beneath the Internet sands of time.
BlackBerry Porsche Design
Before Huawei took over, Porsche Design styled a number of BlackBerry telephones over time. The BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 got here in late 2011 and was primarily based on the Bold Touch 9900. It used the identical internals, however the angular physique was crafted out of stainless-steel and leather-based. Even the well-known BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard was recreated in metallic.
Next up was the Porsche Design P’9982 from 2013, a contact-solely smartphone (no keyboard in any respect) primarily based on the BlackBerry Z10. This one featured a stainless stell and satin exterior and a equally angular design.
Worry not, the keyboard made a comeback the next yr with the Porsche Design P’9983. This one began life as a BlackBerry Q10. Also, there was the gold-plated version, although that was created independently by Karalux in Vietnam.
Blaupunkt Car Phone
Let’s finish on a lightweight word. Our older readers could bear in mind Blaupunkt as a nicely-regarded maker of car audio tools. The model remains to be round, however just like Kodak and Polaroid at the moment it is little greater than only a model.
Anyway, the Blaupunkt Car Phone is not branded with any specific car marque, the telephone itself is styled to appear like a car. Why? Why not! We do miss the times when telephones had the luxurious of wanting foolish. Today’s black/grey slabs can get fairly boring.
More to return…
We do not know what it’s about vehicles that appeals to telephone makers particularly. Why not faucet artists for inspiration or airplane makers? Whatever the rationale, there are numerous extra car-branded telephones that we’re but to cowl. And we plan to do exactly that within the close to future.